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YouthBuild KCK


There are at least 2.3 million low-income 16-24-year-olds in the United States who are neither in school nor employed. Globally, over 200 million youth are working poor and earning less than $2.00 a day. All are in urgent need of pathways to jobs, education, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive and contributing livelihoods. 

The YouthBuild program provides those pathways by unleashing the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, community, and family.   

YouthBuild KCK is administered by United Way of Wyandotte County. "Trainees" (participants enrolled in the program) work full-time for 9-12 months towards their GED or high school diploma while learning construction and job skills. This program enrolls low income young people ages 16-24 years old.

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The YouthBuild KCK program can provide:

  • G.E.D. instruction classes
  • Modest living allowance
  • Integrated construction curriculum with a nationally recognized pre-apprenticeship certificate
  • Life skills training
  • College preparation
  • Civic and leadership development
  • Americorp college scholarship opportunities
  • Certified Nursing Assistant certification


YouthBuild KCK's community contribution:

  • Building homes for low to moderate income families
  • Community service activities
  • Building of Heartland Habitat for Humanity home for first time low-income buyers
  • American Red Cross, Willa Gill, and various neighborhood association community projects
  • Partnerships with Unified Government


Make a commitment to learn and grow, further your education, and better yourself. APPLY TODAY!

Interested in donating to YouthBuild KCK, CLICK HERE!

Click here to download an application, or pick up an application at the YouthBuild KCK office:

1821 North 3rd Street

Kansas City, KS 66101

For more information call: (913) 371-3770 or email resteban@youthbuildkck.org.


Americorp.png*Youthbuild KCK operates from a KCK Housing Authority facility and receives up to 80% ($1,100,000) of its funding from the Department of Labor.

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